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The Real Reason MTV Doesn’t Play Music Videos Anymore.

Yeah, I also miss the old days when you’d just leave the music station playing (for me it was Much Music, Canada’s music station) while you went about your day. You’d just have it on. You’d study, do your dishes, chat with your friends, read magazines… anything. If a song came on that you really loved, you’d watch but if not, you’d just let it play and occasionally look up to see what Madonna was wearing or who was interviewing Duran Duran.

Those days are gone.

Like all our entertainment, music is now something that we get on demand. We don’t let others program it for us, we watch what we want on Youtube or Hulu or Vemo. We make our own playlists or scroll down Facebook to see what our friends “liked.”

There’s no need for a music station and if there was… there would be one. They didn’t stop showing videos because they wanted to serve up shitty reality shows, they stopped showing videos because it was clear that when they played music, people turned it off and only watched when it was those horrible reality shows. That’s why.

He’s also right that it was that generation who pioneered Napster and Limewire and Torrents who stole the music. And it’s not just music. It baffles me how many people will tell me that they love my movies and watch them on some pirate porn site for free. They’ll sometimes gush about how much they love my movies and then laugh at how they don’t pay for them. I’ll give them a blank look and say “you realize that I have to pay my crew, my performers, I have to pay for flights, food, locations, editors, distribution and… maybe telling me that you love what I do but think it’s funny that you don’t think I deserve to pay my rent isn’t a way to endear yourself to me.

Anyway… I love Cracked, I love this video and yeah… I miss the days when music videos were art and not just places to sell cell phones and gadgets to people.

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Antonio Da Silva’s ‘Dancers.’ Hot men dancing naked… yes.

Anton Da Silva has brought us some of the hottest erotica art videos I’ve ever seen. His video Gingers is still on my regular view list and his clips Bankers and Mates are classic “quick gay sex” videos that will blow your mind with how beautifully shot they are while still managing to remain “porn” in the classic sense.

Thirty-five Portuguese dancers undress in front of the camera. They become the object of desire with a sensual provocative performance. Eclectic dance disciplines help this film to explore an exhibitionist view of the male nude.

This is a statement about the current financial situation in Portugal and the lack of fundings to support artistic initiatives. All contributions from this film will be given to the participants of DANCERS film, to encourage and inspire them, for them to give you one more private dance! These artists are not afraid to challenge the general thinking about male nudity and they showcase the potential of creative Portuguese performance arts.

After all, the penis also can dance.

Check out Dancers here.

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Rather gorgeous Eli Lieb single used in the equally gorgeous AllState commercial

Last year American insurance company Allstate launched an print ad campaign with the slogan “Being visible should never leave you feeling vulnerable” featuring a gay couple holding hands.

This year they up the anti by using this commercial which features a… well, their metaphor for being visibly gay is having an engorged hand. The rather confusing image aside, I’m loving the song and the commercial.

It’s also great to see even more companies openly courting the gay dollar and not trying to subliminally try to advertise to us but publicly insist that they’re not.

You can download both the original version and a remix of the song at the Allstate page.

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How To Talk To Your Kid About Michael Sam

Yeah… this is about it.


Oh… Oh dear.

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Hunky Bearded Bear Scientist.

I don’t think Jimmy Fallon is funny. I don’t get him.

But this was a fun sequence with the hot bear science guy. I’ll gladly give him a whack any time he wants.

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Stunning Photography of WWII soldiers Naked Bonding.

va_WWII_naked_soldiers_141My Buddy. World War II Laid Bare.. Coming out August 1st. Order it at Amazon here.

Noted gay erotica photographer Michael Stokes searched the world to build this huge archive of more than 500 vintage photos featuring soldiers and sailors from the allied forces in Europe. These images of the uninhibited, natural and rather touching bonding between men is a long-gone thing in our current world filled with sexual hysteria and fear of intimacy. But you can see from these images just how natural it all is to them. Stunning in it’s very existence. Cameras were rare, film hard to develop and not everyone felt like taking pictures of naked men taking a break from the hardship of war.

We take for granted our access to cameras today, but up until the digital cell phone revolution began, pictures weren’t such an easy thing to take or save or store or share.

from Amazon..

va_WWII_naked_soldiers_271Off guard: Young World War II allied soldiers laid bare Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “buddy” relationships for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships. When they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging tension in boisterous—sometimes naked—play. The full extent of nude horseplay among men during World War II can’t be known, as cameras were rare and film hard to process, but some men did document this unprecedented male bonding in small, anonymous photos mostly kept hidden away until their deaths. Los Angeles photographer Michael Stokes has spent years searching out these photos and building an archive of over 500 images.


His collection includes soldiers and sailors from Australia, England, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and the USA, cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy groups just about everywhere. These images show men barely out of boyhood, at their physical peak, responding to the reality of battle by living each day to the fullest—a side of the war never before made public.


The introduction is by Scotty Bowers, an 89-year-old ex-Marine and author of Full Service, the best-selling memoir of his sexual exploits in Hollywood, and how the war forever altered his attitudes about gay and straight, just as these photos may alter our attitudes about World War II and war buddies.


Pre-order it at Amazon here.

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Music Of Trees

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011.
Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.

More info here..

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Jamie Kilstein on Gay Marriage With Lewis Black Ron White & Kathleen Madigan


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Miley Cyrus Tongue Tied.

Miley Cyrus: Tongue Tied on

One of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot. Vaguely reminiscent of Madonna’s Bedtime Story. Of course all the “art” critics all have their panties in a bunch over the whole thing. She’s a pop star, she does things for shock value, she’s rich and famous… pretty much all the things they threw at Madonna back in 1984.

I think it’s brilliant.

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Naked Man having an episode in a Tesla

Some guy with a Tesla freaked out on the PCH yesterday and started dancing naked out of the sunroof of his car. People were more upset about the traffic it created.

Apparently the guy then jumped back into his car, drove away, proved that you can’t do anything without hitting a Mini Cooper in Los Angeles by hitting a Mini Cooper and is now in a psychiatric hospital of some kind.

Nice butt.

via Gawker.

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